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Deepings Swimming Club reacts to news of plans to close Deepings Leisure Centre

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A swimming club community has been left devastated by plans to close a leisure centre.

South Kesteven District Council today (August 6) announced that the Deepings Leisure Centre, which closed 10 days ago because of a leaky roof might never reopen.

The cost of fixing 47-year-old Deepings Leisure Centre will run to £1.2m according to a new report to be discussed at an emergency meeting of South Kesteven District Council.

Deepings Swimming Club. Photo: David Pearson
Deepings Swimming Club. Photo: David Pearson

Both South Kesteven District Council, which has managed the facility since the 1970s, and Lincolnshire County Council, which owns the building, agree it doesn't make financial sense for it to undergo the repairs.

The leisure centre is home to the popular Deepings Swimming Club, leaving it with an uncertain future.

In a statement Andy Cardell, chairman of Deepings Swimming Club, said: "This is devastating news for our 45-year old Swimming Club and the wider community, and we will all be concerned about the future of our beloved club.

"The purpose of this message is to assure you that the committee is already in communication with other pool providers and is working quickly to find a suitable solution.

"The small silver lining is that we are currently on our summer break so we have a little time to consider out options.

"At this early stage, I have a personal plea to all our members. We have stood together with the club during covid and I ask that we all stand together with the club now.

"In return I can promise that the committee will work tirelessly to find a solution and I will be honest and frequent in my updates."

A petition has been launched by Independent councillors to save the swimming club, and has already gained more than 400 signatures.

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